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The Whole Bible in 500 Words

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The Whole BIBLE in 500 Words
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

Let me give you my version of what I believe Jesus taught his disciples as he opened the Scripture and….

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:44-17).

Let me summarize the story as:

ONE CALLING,
TWO EVENTS, and
THREE PROMISES.

 

Here it is: The Whole BIBLE in 500 words:

ONE CALLING

Creation includes Heaven (God’s home) and Earth (our home). The place where heaven and earth touch would be Israel’s Temple. But, God’s original intent was that the whole earth would be his Temple, filled with his glory.

God placed his image in humanity. Humankind received a calling:

1-Reflect the wisdom of heaven into the earth (witness)

2-Reflect the goodness of earth back to heaven (worship)

Adam and Eve failed to follow this calling and went into exile. Satan absconded with God’s world and made it a kingdom of evil. God intends to win it back, establish his kingdom, and restore the earth as his Temple.

How will God win back his world? God choose to partner with Abraham and his descendants. They were chosen to carry the image of God into the world as a royal priesthood (Exodus 19:6).

TWO EVENTS

Two events created God’s partnership with Israel:

The EXODUS. In Egypt, Abraham’s legacy became a people. God rescued them from evil Pharaoh and established a covenant with them. Israel broke the covenant by turning away from God, turning toward other nations, and worshiping idols.   God’s judgment came in as Exile.

The EXILE. In Babylon, the land was lost, the Temple destroyed, and God removed his presence. Yet, the promise of the prophets was that God would establish a new covenant and Israel would become the Servant-Partner God required to take his salvation to all people; Exile would end.

However, when the geographic Exile ended, God’s presence did not return as the prophets promised. Sin and idolatry continued. The final prophets of the Old Testament said that the people would have to wait a little longer.

THREE PROMISES

Three foundational promises were given through the prophets.

First, a MESSIAH, God’s Anointed King from David’s lineage, would rule Israel with God’s intent (Isaiah 9:6).

Second, a SON OF MAN, an apocalyptic figure, would receive all authority from the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:13-14).

Third, a SERVANT would accomplish God’s purpose through suffering that would bring God’s justice and compassion (Isaiah 53:1-12).

 

JESUS FULFILLS THE SCRIPTURE

Jesus fulfills Three Promises:

1-He is Israel’s Messiah.

2-He is the Son of Man with all authority.

3-He is the Suffering Servant.

Jesus initiates Two Events:

1-True Exile is over; it is time to come home to God’s presence and New Covenant.

2-New Exodus is opened; Satan and evil are defeated on the cross.

Jesus succeeds in One Calling:  

Jesus is God’s perfect image and Temple on earth.

 

WE CONTINUE THE MISSION OF JESUS

Through the Holy Spirit, we continue Jesus’ mission.

Three Promises:

1-He is our King (Messiah).

2-He has authority over our lives (Son of Man).

3-We lift our crosses and follow (Suffering Servant).

Two Events:

1-True Exile is over and God’s presence and New Covenant are ours;

2-New Exodus is the defeat of Sin, Death, and the Devil in our lives.

One Calling:

We receive and proclaim the “forgiveness of sins” and are restored as God’s image bearers.

 

God will bring the New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 20:1-4).

“Jesus who died
will be satisfied
when Earth and Heaven
are one”

One Comment

  1. Wow, this says a lot in a few words. This could be the foundation for an evangelistic campaign. People who know quite a bit about the Bible can step back and see the big picture.

    I would love to see the same idea written for an audience that has little or no knowledge of the Bible.

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